In the spring after a year long harvest, merchants and trade organizations will taste barrel samples of wine that are often only 6–8 months old. In the case of Bordeaux, where the final wine is often a blend of several grape varieties, the winemaker will try to craft an approximate blend to sample. The composition of the final wine may differ from the sample depending on how each barrel matures during the aging process. Based on the initial sample, the wines will be giving a preliminary “score” or wine rating based on the expected quality of the wine once it is bottled, released and has had time to mature.
An en primeur wine gives the owner the right to receive the respective bottles of wines once the producer has completed the maturing phase of the wine. Wine bought en primeur is often directly placed into custom-free storage holding, ‘in bond’. Known as a delicate method of investment, a purchase may ultimately be deemed a loss, or there may be considerable profit. For example, the 1982 vintage of Château Latour, was sold at £250 a case en primeur in 1983, while valued in 2007 at £9,000, although the major part of this price increase occurred after bottling.
It is a great chance to visit the “Superstars” in Bordeaux during en Primeur, such as “Chateau Lafite”, “Chateau Latour”, “Chateau Mouton”, “Chateau Margaux”, “Chateau Haut-Brion”, “Petrus”, “Le Pin”, “Chateau Ausone”, “Chateau Chevel- Blanc” etc. which are usually not open to public. You may also have the chance to meet the owners in the wineries.
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期酒会提供给酒商和葡萄酒爱好者一个提前购买葡萄酒的机会，葡萄酒一旦装瓶熟成后便会运送出去。在期酒会期间购买的酒会直接放在免税区保存。这是一种精心设计的投资方式，可能会亏损，也可能盈利。例如：1982年的拉图酒庄期酒在1983年期酒会时售价 250 英镑，在2007年 市场价格已经涨至 9000 英镑，涨的价格绝大多数是在装瓶之后。